B. I. News on the 'Net, December 15-22, 2008

Community Center Hosts BICS Holiday Program

Pictures by Andrea Moore and story HERE.

Beaver Island Chamber Plans Marathon for September

    The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce is in the final stages of arranging to bring a full 26-mile marathon to Beaver Island. In addition to the Chamber, McDonough's Market and the Beaver Island Boat Company will serve as primary sponsors. The event is slated to be certified as a Boston-Marathon-qualifying event.

The event, planned for September 5, 2009, can be expected to bring 300 runners and hundreds of family members to Beaver Island for two or more days in early September. The promoter is experienced nation-wide and has successfully promoted events in Charlevoix and Ann Arbor.

The marathon is a long-distance foot race with an official distance of 26 miles that is usually run as a road race on public roads. The event is named after the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens.

The marathon was one of the original modern Olympic events in 1896, though the distance did not become standardized until 1921. More than 800 marathons are contested throughout the world each year, with the vast majority of competitors being recreational athletes.

Local Girl Scouts Provide "Toys for Tots"

The local girls scout group has raised funds and purchased man "Toys for Tots." The toys were dropped off out at the Island Airways terminal on Beaver Island on Tuesday, December 17, 2008. This commendable effort and fundraising will provide a happy holiday for some children who may not otherwise receive any presents for Christmas. (Photos by Andrea Moore)

Stacking the presents....the local Girl Scouts.....the stack of toys.....

Excellent job and three "Attagirl" awards to the Girl Scouts and their leaders!

Harbor Pictures on a Dreary Sunday Afternoon

From Whiskey Point looking out toward Luney Point

From the point back to the boat dock

Bud Martin busted ice in preparation for another fuel run

Water under the ice...water on top of the ice...

BICS Closed Due to Monday Storm and Ice

Then Monday morning arrived with the Sunday afternoon thaw turning to frozen ice, ice on everything from the deck to the top of the snow, and, of course, the roadways. Slick, solid ice on just about every horizontal surface where the melting snow could collect. The wind is howling, and just before 9:00 a.m., the snow has begun to fall. The boat will not be running today due to the windy weather, but one aircraft took off just before 9 a.m.

Beaver Island Community School started out with a two hour delay, but it was changed to join the majority of schools in northern Michigan to "closed for the day" just after 9 a.m. This is the first closure day of the school for this school year due to weather.

Bea Baumann Passes Away

Beatrice S. Bauman went to be with the lord on Friday, December 12 th 2008. She had 92 wonderful years and resided on Beaver Island , for the last 24 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin L. Bauman, and is survived by her three children Nicholas (Dorothy) Bauman, LTC (Ret) Melvin (Constance) Bauman, and JoAnne (William) Cashman; five grandchildren, Russell (Shanda) Bauman, Nicholle (Bill) Nemcek, Jeffery Cashman, Melissa Bauman, Andrew Bauman; and three great-grandchildren, Makenzie Nemcek, Nevaeh and Corbin Bauman. A private interment service will be at Restlawn Memorial Park  on Wednesday, December 17 th .  Arrangements by Winchester Funeral Home, Charlevoix, (231) 547-2881.

BICS Construction Update

Island Treasures Resale Closed 'Til New Year


Library News

Library will be closed all day Thursday, December 18th

We will re-open at noon on December 19th.

Christian Church Cookie Carnival

Lots of great treats and eats, as well as great gingerbread projects...HERE

John Crouse Passes Away

John Crouse passed away on Beaver Island on Wednesday, December 10, 2008. More information will be posted when it becomes available.

John M. "Jack" Crouse Jr., age 64, of Grand Rapids and Beaver Island, passed away unexpectedly December 10, 2008 on Beaver Island. He was preceded in death by his parents, John M. and Betty Mae Crouse. He is survived by his wife, Maureen Abele; his children, Geoffrey Crouse of Naples, FL, Jennifer Crouse of Grand Haven and their mother, Mary Jane Crouse of Grand Haven; brother, Robert (Sherry) Crouse of LaGrange, KY; sister, Elizabeth Erickson of Coldwater, MI; grandchildren, Tristan and Isabella Crouse; also nieces and nephews. A Memorial Gathering of John's family and friends will be Monday December 15 11 a.m. at O'Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Funeral Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. Visitation will be Sunday 3 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Little Traverse Conservancy or Beaver Island Historical Society. He made friends everywhere he went and will be greatly missed.

Lighthouse School Christmas Party

Lighthouse Fellowship and Lighthouse School get together for a Christmas Party. HERE

Santa and Mrs. Claus Visit BI Community Center

Santa visits the Community Center HERE

Update on Ann Zanella

Ann Zanella would like to thank all of her friends, here on Beaver Island , for all of the encouraging cards and letters. You can contact her at PO Box 470 as her mail is being forwarded to her. Ann wishes she could be home now. She will continue rehabilitation until February 2009. If all goes as planned she will be back home this spring. She has asked me to express her heartfelt wishes for everyone to have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Happy Holidays to all! Tina Walker


The crew of the Beaver Island Transfer Station would like to wish all our friends and neighbors a joyous Holiday Season. We look forward to a wonderful New Year and look forward to seeing all of our summer friends then.

Happy Holidays from Doug, John and Tim


At the Heart of a Good Community

Calendar of Events

December 2008

•  Sunday, December 14: Senior Sunday Dinner

Come one and all and enjoy a delicious Sunday dinner together ! December's Senior Sunday Dinner sponsored by the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging will feature a delicious menu of roast pork, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and apple cobbler. Make your reservation now! Call 448-2022.

Sunday, December 14, 11am-1pm. Tickets: Suggested donation of $3 for Seniors 60 and over; $6 for persons under 60.

•  Sunday, December 14 & 21: Scrabble “Scramble”!

Show your Scrabble-stuff at an after-dinner aperitif of Scrabble-play to kick off a weekly competition of vocabulary! Experienced “supervisors” needed!

Bring your dictionary and be ready to spell at 1pm!

•  Thursday, December 18: BICS Christmas Program

Support our local kids by attending their Christmas program! It's sure to warm you heart and holiday spirit!

Performance at 7pm. Admission is free.

•  Friday, December 19: Mama Mia PG13

•  Wednesday and Thursday, December 24 & 25: BICC Closed Merry Christmas!

•  Friday, December 26: TBD

Tickets for all movies are $7.50 Adult/$5 Student/Child. All movies are shown at 7:30pm.

For more info call 231 448-2022 or email biccpartridge@tds.net

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Holy Cross Hall to Host New Year's Eve Party

Ring in the New Year at Holy Cross Hall this New Year's Eve. Raffles, 50/50, LightBuffet at Midnite, Live Music, more details to follow.

Happy hour will start at 5:30 and end at 8:30, with music starting at 6 - until ?. Cindy Gillespie-Cushman, John McCafferty, Edward Palmer and Brian Roman will be starting things off, Danny Gillespie and Danny Johnston will be playing afterward, and then the near-dead RigorMortis will take over and ring in the New Year, with other folks adding a couple songs in throughout the night. 18 to be admitted, 21 to be served.

Once again I'm looking for volunteers to bartend and sell admission at the door, and clean-up on Jan 2. Please email me at gillespiej_98@yahoo.com or call Mary Palmer at 231-448-2304. We will also be making a donation to the community center from some of the proceeds.

New Year's Eve at Stoney Acres

Please join us for the pre-party at Donegal Danny's Pub before the New Year's Eve Hall Party--where the Island rings in the New Year together. Dinner will be served from 5:30 until 9 p.m. with an all-you-can-eat prime rib and crab buffet.

New Year's Eve at the Shamrock

New Year's Eve

December Specials at the Shamrock

Jazz Band Interest?

Not one email has been received about getting a groiup together. The interest may not be here for this type of group. If you are interested, email me at medic5740@gmail.com.

Senior COA Lunch Cancellations

With the winter weather approaching us fast, it is important for the seniors to know the cancellation policy for the senior lunches. It has been decided that the seniors should not be out driving in weather that is too bad for school to be in session. The senior COA Lunch will be canceled, and no deliveries will take place, on any day that the Beaver Island Community School is closed due to the poor road conditions. If in doubt, call the Beaver Island Community Center at 448-2022.


An eleven movie winter film series continues at the Beaver Island Community Center, presented by a new movie club, the Beaver Island Film Fans. Twenty-three Film Fans club members worked together to nominate a list of their favorite movies, and then voted to select their top eleven films to make up the series. Movies in the series range form 1940 to 2007 in age, range from romantic comedy to thrillers, westerns to epic adventures, and international hits to edgy art. Included in the series is the American Film Institute's #1 American film, Citizen Kane.  The club's membership dues will be used to pay for the theatrical performance rights for the films.

All movies are open to the general public; admission is $7.50 for adults and $5.00 for students. All films will be presented on Thursday nights at 7:30 pm. The series includes:

Descriptions of all movies and previews can be seen at http://www.imdb.com by clicking on the artwork:

Movies for January-April 2009

Contact: Dan Wardlow (448-3196)

Beaver Island Senior Community News

Spotlight On December 2008:

Senior Events and Activities brought to you by the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging at the Beaver Island Community Center !

•  Every Monday thru Friday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Senior Congregate Meal Program – “Fast Food” on the Island !

Delicious and nutritious daily meals are served up fast and hot!

Monthly menus and weekly sign-up sheets are available at the Community Center and will soon be available on-line. Participants are encouraged to sign up in advance on a weekly basis, for ordering purposes. Don't worry if you can't make it that day—we'd rather have too much than too little! If you didn't sign up in advance but want to join in if possible, just call Ann—or leave a message—at 448-2022 by 10:30am.

Suggested donation for Seniors 60 and older is $2, and those under 60 $4.

•  Every Monday 12:45 pm - BINGO!

Prizes, suspense, fun and free coffee!

•  Every Tuesday 12:45 pm - Introduction to Wii!

The ultimate in “virtual fun!” Come experience the “Wii World”!

From bowling to balance, golfing to “gaming” and—virtually!—everything in between, the Wii system can engage you on a surprising adventure! Come experience the possibilities as we explore the Wii system together!

•  Every Friday 12:45 pm – Classic Friday “Feature”!

Enjoy a blast-from-the-past movie, recording or serial in the Hangout!

Your suggestions for presentations are welcomed, investigated and appreciated!

Ma ‘n Pa Kettle & Bill Cosby are some of those that are being planned for December.

•  Every Month:

•  Birthday Lunch (“Middle Wednesday”) December 17 th

Celebrate the month's Senior Birthdays with cake, ice cream and “extra” goodwill!

•  Sunday Dinner – December 14 th 11 am - 1 pm

Great food, company and fun for the whole community! Look for new things every month!

Suggested donation for Seniors 60 and older is $3, and those under 60 $6.

•  Special Dates of Interest:

•  December 14 th – Sunday Scrabble “Scramble” 1 pm - ?!

Show your Scrabble-stuff at an after-dinner aperitif of Scrabble-play to kick-off a weekly competition of vocabulary! Experienced “Supervisory volunteers” needed!

•  December 18 th – BICS Christmas Program 7 pm

Support our local school kids by attending their Christmas program! It's sure to warm your heart and holiday spirit!

•  December 24 th – Christmas Eve Closed

•  December 25 th – Christmas Day Closed

•  January 1 st – New Year's Day Closed

•  Don't Forget...

FREE Senior Transit is available thru 2009!

Any senior residing in Charlevoix County/Beaver Island is able to obtain free transportation through the Charlevoix County Transit program simply by calling Sherry or Lisa at the Boat Dock at 448-2210 and scheduling their destination and return trip.

Since all rides are mapped-out and scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis it is recommended that you schedule at least 24-hours in advance.

•  Stay Tuned to www.pabi.beaverisland.org and visit the Beaver Island Senior Center at the Beaver Island Community Center for updates on Activities, Events, Movies and more!

Beaver Island Trivia

Last Week's Question:

Who do we have here?

A large number of correct answers this week. These two are Tommy McDonough and Jim Wojan, obviously enjoying an afternoon refreshment. Mary Delamater was the first correct response.

This Week's Question:

This typical picture of Island get-togethers was taken several years ago. Can you identify the people in this picture?

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